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Gelinas, Jacobs win opening draws

North Bay Nugget: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 6:03:58 EST PM

The Gelinas team out of the Voyageur Curling Club in Mattawa opened the 2016 Traveler’s Men’s Curling Championship with a 7-2 win over the Colin Koivula rink from Thunder Bay.

Koivula earned his berth to provincials by accumulating the second most Canadian Team Ranking System points and is considered to be a favourite to go deep in this event. The skipper himself represented Northern Ontario at the 2014 Brier playing second for Jeff Currie.

Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie opened with an 8-4 win over the recently crowned Canadian Junior silver medalists, Team Horgan of Copper Cliff; while Mike Assad’s Geraldton rink squeaked out a win against Team Robbie Gordon of Sudbury 9-6; and Jordan Chandler of Sudbury dominated another playoff favourite, Fort William’s Dylan Johnston 10-4.

An opening ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. with the second draw, which is sold out, beginning at 8 p.m.

Jacob is taking on Gelinas, Horgan plays Koivula, Gordan plays Chandler and Assad takes on Johnston.

Single game seats are still for sale, call 705-472-6740 before you arrive. Draw 3 Thursday is at 1 p.m. and Draw 4 is at 7:30 p.m.

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